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Thriving through the Years

Wisdom from the Foxhole
November 10 & 11, 2018

An exploration of our maturing population.

A look at the unique realities and opportunities a mature life affords. Serving as the culmination of last season’s commemoration of the impact of World War I, Ember examines the wisdom and life perspective gained in their elder years by veterans of The Great War.

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Thriving through the Years

Wisdom from the Foxhole
Saturday, November 10th ~ 7 PM
St. John's in the Village
224 Waverly Place, NYC 10014
Sunday, November 11th ~ 5 PM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
94 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
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Thriving through the Years

Wisdom from the Foxhole

A look at the unique realities and opportunities a mature life affords. Serving as the culmination of last season’s commemoration of the impact of World War I, Ember examines the wisdom and life perspective gained in their elder years by veterans of The Great War.

American composer Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, scored for mixed voices and orchestra, is the concert’s centerpiece, a work that both commemorats the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and lifts us all into expansive perspectives on life. Like Britten’s massive War Requiem, Forrest’s five-movement work includes text beyond that of the usual liturgical Latin requiem.

Ember’s patrons are invited to contribute photo images of loved ones involved in the WWI conflict for possible inclusion in its multi-media presentation. Video clips taken from the Veterans History Project and other like resources will be featured in Joan Szymko’s powerful Be It Therefore Resolved and Jake Runestad’s evocative Live the Questions. Ember is delighted to be working collaboratively with composer/songwriter Cheryl Engelhardt and will present the American premiere of her composition We in this concert.

Ember December

An Ember December

An Annual Tradition in a New Space
December 9, 2018

Ember’s annual holiday concert focuses on musical favorites that will warm the heart. Ember singers present such selections as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “In Dulci Jubilo,” and “I Wonder as I Wander,” and invite audience members to join in singing familiar carols the whole family will know. Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s historic organ will be featured in the carol sing. Bring the whole family, and plan to enjoy holiday goodies in the undercroft following the concert.

Ember December

Our Annual Tradition

An Annual Tradition in a New Space
Sunday, December 9 ~ 5PM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
94 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
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Carpe diem!

Pluck the day [as it is ripe]
March 2 & 3, 2019

Ember is thrilled to collaborate with NYC’s Encore Creativity for Older Adults Chorale in the second concert in Ember’s Coming of Age season. Ember and Encore singers celebrate the many opportunities open to those whose work life is at last easing its demands.

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Where Poppies Grow

Saturday, March 3rd ~ 7PM
St. John’s in the Village Episcopal Church
218 W 11th Street (at Waverly Pl), NYC
Sunday, March 4th ~ 5PM
Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 N Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ
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Carpe diem!

Pluck the day [as it is ripe]

Ember is thrilled to collaborate with NYC’s Encore Creativity for Older Adults Chorale in the second concert in Ember’s Coming of Age season. Ember and Encore singers celebrate the many opportunities open to those whose work life is at last easing its demands – opportunities for creative and social engagement, joyful opportunities for meaningful service – opportunities such as those seized by the Encore singers themselves!

The groups will sing David Brunner’s popular I am in need of music together, and Encore singers will present several selections on their own. Ysae Barnwell’s delightful No Mirrors, along with 1000 Grandmothers by J. David Moore and selections by Andrea Ramsey, Gwyneth Walker, and others will complete the concert.

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Where Poppies Grow

  • In Flanders FieldsBradley Nelson, American
  • Text: Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae
  • Friede auf Erden (1907)Arnold Schönberg, Austrian
  • Text: Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Swiss
  • Dance of ZálongoCarol Barnett, arr. American
  • Text: Greek folk song
  • Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis (1911)Maurice Ravel, French
  • Soldier BoyJohn Milne, American
  • Text: Sassoon — “Suicide in the Trenches”
  • Soldier’s SongGerman, Friedrich Silcher, arr
  • John Muehleisen, adapt.
  • In Flanders Fields (second setting)Paul A. Aitken, American
  • Jambo rafiki yanguD.V. Montoya, American
  • Text: African Gathering Processional
  • For the FallenEleanor Daley, Canadian
  • Everyone Suddenly Burst Out SingingPeter Willshire, Canadian
  • When the War is OverMichael McGlynn, Irish
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A Second Simplicity

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.
May 18 & 19, 2019

A return to simplicity – and the possibility of sharing its joyful wisdom – is the subject of our final concert.

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A Second Simplicity

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.
Saturday, May 19 ~ 7PM
St. John’s in the Village Episcopal Church
218 W 11th Street (at Waverly Pl), NYC
Sunday, May 20 ~ 5PM
Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 N Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ
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A Second Simplicity

Living with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.

A return to simplicity – and the possibility of sharing its joyful wisdom – is the subject of this concert. Externally resembling some elements of childhood naiveté, the simplicity of the second half of life, deepened by life experience, is able to live happily with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries.

Ember turns to the life wisdom offered by such disparate sources as Rabindranath Tagore, Ysaÿe Barnwell, and Stephen Sondheim among others – and draws upon the extraordinary solo talents for which the Ember singing family is known.

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Safe for Democracy

  • I
  • Honneur a l’AmériqueCamille Saint-Saëns
  • Text: Paul Fournier
  • He is thereCharles Ives
  • How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farmWalter Donaldson
  • Text: Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young
  • II
  • Come SundayDuke Ellington
  • arr. Alice Parker
  • Little David, Play on Your HarpArr. Rollo Dilworth
  • Text: Joseph Seamon Carter, Jr.
  • III
  • Take the A TrainBilly Strayhorn
  • arr. Sherry Kosinski
  • I got rhythmGeorge Gershwin
  • Fascinating RhythmGeorge Gershwin
  • IV
  • The Dream KeeperWilliam Averitt
  • Text: Langston Hughes
  • 1. The Dream Keeper
  • 4. Song
  • Afro-American FragmentWilliam Averitt
  • Text: Langston Hughes
  • 1. Wonder
  • 5. Feet o’ Jesus
  • 6. Fire
  • V
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seenarr. Gail B. Poch
  • I Dream a WorldDwight Bigler
  • Text: Langston Hughes
  • Free at lastRoger Wesby
  • VI
  • Goin’ Home (“From the New World”)Antonin Dvorak
  • Arr. Deborah Simpkin King, Text: William Arms Fisher
  • America the BeautifulSamual Ward
  • Text: Katharine Lee Bates
  • Prayer for the WorldStanley M. Hoffman
  • Text: Harold S. Kushner
  • VII
  • Russian RagGeorge L. Cobb
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that SwingDuke Ellington
  • arr. Nick Cerrato
  • I’m just Wild about HarryNoble Sissle and Eubie Blake
  • Down by the Riversidearr. Moses Hogan
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Annual Gala

Spring is here! And with it comes the annual Gala of Schola Cantorum on Hudson. We are excited to again hold our Gala at Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ, an elegant venue with a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline.

Your presence and your support are vital to furthering Schola/Ember’s brilliant music and educational opportunities that so enliven the human spirit.

Please join us on June 8th for a delightful evening of delicious food and wine, mingling, music and Ember song. Ample parking is available and valet service is included with your tax-deductible ticket.

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Annual Gala

Friday, June 8
Highlawn Pavilion
1 Crest Dr., West Orange, NJ 07052